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Report: Steelers offer contract to Okung

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Free agent offensive tackle Russell Okung visited the Steelers Sunday, and ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Sunday night that the Steelers have offered Okung a contract.

Okung is serving as his own agent during this process. That offer would indicate the Steelers are prepared to move on from free agent left tackle Kelvin Beachum, who’s also been visiting with other teams.

ESPN reported that the Steelers also had visits lined up with Ryan Harris and Chris Hairston. A torn ACL limited Beachum to six games last season.

Okung, 28, has made 27 starts, all at left tackle, for the Seahawks over the last two seasons and has been the Seahawks’ left tackle when healthy since they drafted him in the first round in 2010. He also scheduled visits with the Giants and Lions.

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24 Responses to “Report: Steelers offer contract to Okung”
  1. theashleyguy says: Mar 13, 2016 8:07 PM

    Okung is our best offensive lineman on an offensive line that has been very strong at run blocking and poor at pass blocking. However, to their credit, they pass blocked better the second half of the season last year.

    We already made our offer to Okung– and all indications are that it was a very nice offer–so we will see what happens. Pennsylvania has a 3.07% state income tax and Washington has none so that should figure into his decision-making. New York, New Jersey, and Michigan all have higher state income taxes than that.

    I hope he stays but it’s not a big loss if he goes.

  2. tebowedoutofthepostseasonandnevertooreturn says: Mar 13, 2016 8:16 PM

    Take the Steelers offer. They are Superbowl bound in 16.

  3. chawk12thman says: Mar 13, 2016 8:21 PM

    I would hope that Okung remains with Seattle, and it will be interesting to see what the other “offers” amount to and what he ends up doing.

    I would not say that “it’s not a big loss if he goes” as up until the Seahawks find his equal in replacement and improvements for almost all of the O-Line are found……If not, it is a “big loss” if he signs elsewhere.

  4. billytodd2013blbaad says: Mar 13, 2016 8:31 PM

    Seattle may be able to pay more but if you want a championship.. go to Pittsburgh!

  5. cbass59 says: Mar 13, 2016 8:31 PM

    If you used state income tax to decide, Miami and TB would be loaded with talent. Last time I checked , both team have stunk since TB’s SB.

  6. theashleyguy says: Mar 13, 2016 8:35 PM

    chawk12thman says:
    Mar 13, 2016 8:21 PM
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    I don’t disagree with you, and I did say that I hope he stays. It’s just that he rarely finishes a season. He is a very talented LT who misses games in crunch time of the season because of injury.

  7. kneedragr says: Mar 13, 2016 8:37 PM

    Im not sure what happened to this guy. He went 1 ahead of Trent Williams, as a Skins fan I was hoping we would get Okung, as he seemed to be more mature and a higher ceiling with his length. For the first couple years, it looked like the Hawks made the right choice, but the last couple years the tables have turned and Williams is now recognized as a hard worker who plays hard through injuries, at a pro bowl level, and is a great teammate. Okung stock has dropped a bit and the fact that the Hawks didnt break the bank on arguably the 2nd most important offensive position is telling.

  8. paastahtroy says: Mar 13, 2016 8:44 PM

    Yah, go to Pittsburgh and protect the back side of a rapist and a druggie WR.

  9. aronkif says: Mar 13, 2016 8:46 PM

    Hopefully he takes the Steelers offer so we can get Donald Penn from Oakland on a 2-3 year deal. He’s old but he hasn’t missed a game in 8 years which is a big deal since Okung is always injured. I wouldn’t complain with keeping Okung but I’d rather have Penn for a couple years playing every game.

  10. thebirdofprey says: Mar 13, 2016 8:53 PM

    The only difference between Okung and Trent Williams is one can stay healthy and one has struggled all but one year. Okung has been great teammate and community person and even has a Super Bowl.

    If he would stay healthy JS/PC would have locked him up long term.

  11. jshawaii22 says: Mar 13, 2016 8:55 PM

    With Bailey, his ‘replacement’ leaving in FA, losing Okung would change what the Seahawks have to do both in the draft and in obtaining one of the other FA’s. Lucky we have one of the best drafting Front Offices in the NFL.

    Oh well, most of the fans want the Seahawks to start over on the Oline anyway, and this will give us what we wanted.

  12. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 13, 2016 9:04 PM

    If you don’t want to play more than 16 games, take the offer. Steelers are going nowhere.

  13. jmc8888 says: Mar 13, 2016 9:05 PM

    3 percent difference can easily be made up, and to be more accurate you have to take into account the cost of living overall.

    Many of these visits happen because they know if an offer is made it will be above the one the previous team made. As in, they tell Pittsburgh what Seattle offered.

    Additionally it would be a big loss if not replaced because LT’s don’t grow on trees. Sure at times you can find a guy to replace him for a few games or so. Sometimes you can even get lucky for a full year. But overall this means a permanent replacement has to be found, and in this league, if you don’t have a competent LT, well what you guys saw in the early part of the season with Wilson getting hit could be the starting point. It could get alot worse.

    You don’t know what it’s like to not have a competent tackle(s) until you don’t have one, then good luck finding one. It could take half a decade to replace him, because that happens in the NFL.

  14. boltergeist19 says: Mar 13, 2016 9:32 PM

    Chargers should spend the last of the FA $ and now sign Beachum for insurance on a 1 year deal so he can be ready when King Dunlop goes down again. If he plays or plays well, 2017 can release KD for a small fee and then resign KB. This should be no head scratcher. KD has never played a full season in all 7 years. Cmon you have the $ and then let go of Robinson, Lissimore, and re do Scifers contract to free up 7$ mill. This will give you some solid pieces and not run into an OL problem like last year or two years.

  15. realdealsteel says: Mar 13, 2016 10:17 PM

    I’d rather my Steelers pass on Okung. Hurt too often for my taste.

  16. fmckenney says: Mar 13, 2016 10:23 PM

    Seattle, don’t wait for Okung to finish his magical, mystical tour…he’s not tough enough to finish a season, don’t wait any longer and sign Beachum if you can.

  17. cdrion21 says: Mar 13, 2016 10:52 PM

    Im not sure what happened to this guy. He went 1 ahead of Trent Williams, as a Skins fan I was hoping we would get Okung, as he seemed to be more mature and a higher ceiling with his length. For the first couple years, it looked like the Hawks made the right choice, but the last couple years the tables have turned and Williams is now recognized as a hard worker who plays hard through injuries, at a pro bowl level, and is a great teammate. Okung stock has dropped a bit and the fact that the Hawks didnt break the bank on arguably the 2nd most important offensive position is telling.

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    Trent Williams was taken two spots ahead of Okung and Im pretty sure not even Seahawks fans would say Okung
    has ever been a better pick than Williams.

  18. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 13, 2016 10:56 PM

    they should trade him to bell and bryant. weed is legal in seatle so theyd be happy. dumb potheads

  19. coloradocowboy says: Mar 13, 2016 11:28 PM

    Wait and see if the Steelers hid something in the contract that they expect his “agent” to miss.

  20. danm1978 says: Mar 14, 2016 3:23 AM

    realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 13, 2016 10:56 PM
    they should trade him to bell and bryant. weed is legal in seatle so theyd be happy. dumb potheads
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    It doesn’t mean a thing whether or not it is legal in Washington State. It’s still illegal as far as the NFL is concerned.

  21. campcouch says: Mar 14, 2016 4:04 AM

    Notice how when FA rolls around and a guy looks around, the homers suddenly call the guy a non-factor. But as soon as he re-ups, the jerseys come out again.

  22. jerry944 says: Mar 14, 2016 5:15 AM

    Nice watching the 2012s fall apart

  23. DonRSD says: Mar 14, 2016 6:06 AM

    Come to NYG. Shore up our O-Line and it’s another Super Bowl for Eli.
    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  24. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 14, 2016 9:06 AM

    The team that wears bumblebee costumes is having a particularly horrible weekend and throwing millions of dollars at a tackle from a team that got trounced by the Superbowl losers isn’t going to help. The bumblebees are officially one of those teams whose players are simply looking for huge paydays to finance their wild drug parties.

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